Bats are often misunderstood animals and not nearly as bad as you might think. Their benefits to us far outweigh any threats they pose. If you have a bat problem, it is critical to handle it in a conscientious way because of the significant role bats play in our ecosystem. Join us as we look at why bats are vital, what is going on in our area to protect them, and how your bat mitigation can help conserve bat populations. If you would like to speak directly with a bat mitigation technician, contact us or connect with us by text. CP Bat Mitigation offers exclusion services and bat control in Omaha. We are your local area bat experts.
Why Bats Matter To Omaha
When you discover bats in the attic, we can understand why you would want those bats dealt with immediately. Your home is your castle, and bats can be more than a bit intimidating, particularly if you don't know all that much about them. There are many misconceptions about these night fliers. For instance, you may think that every bat has rabies. This is not the case at all. While rabies is a concern, only a fraction of the population is infected with this disease. You may also think that bats will swoop down and try to bite you. This is incredibly rare. The vast majority of the time, bats are docile animals. The only time they bite is when they're handled, and they do so because they are scared. Bats aren't scary animals. They are far more scared of you than you are of them. If you are not attempting to capture them, there is little chance they will ever bite you. The main issue with bats is that they are a nuisance. They get inside, cause damage, and contaminate areas with their guano. Most of the time, there are beneficial animals.
Here are four key ways bats play a beneficial role in our ecosystem:
- Bats eat a lot of insects: It is really quite surprising. If we didn't have bats, we'd likely be overrun with insect pests. They help us with pest control. Moreover, bats eat insects that are harmful to us, like mosquitoes. That is no small benefit.
- Bats help with pollination: We often think of bees when the term pollination is mentioned. But bees and many other pollinators are active during the day. They aren't active at night when night-blooming flowers open up. Bats target this niche.
- Bats spread seeds: They consume fruit, fly great distances, and leave their guano on the ground. The guano acts as a fertilizer helping the seeds germinate. There are many ways this seed dispersal is a benefit to the world ecosystem. We'll cover more about this in another article.
- Bats are helping us understand viruses: The body of a bat is an incredible reservoir for a variety of viruses. Researchers are able to study bats to learn how zoonotic diseases spread to humans.
The world is better with bats in it. Unfortunately, bat populations are continually threatened, and we must protect them to help them survive. How does conservation help? And what does conservation even mean? Let's take a look.
Conservation Efforts In Our Area
The word "conserve" means to protect something from harm or destruction, particularly a natural organism in our ecosystem. Bat conservation seeks to protect bats from harm so they can continue to live long and happy lives, providing us with all of their many benefits. How does bat conservation work in Nebraska? There are a few conservation efforts in Nebraska working to protect bats. Over the last two decades, a major concern has been wind turbines. It is estimated that hundreds of thousands of bats die annually in turbine incidents. Steps have been taken to adjust turbine operations to decrease bat fatalities, and they're making progress. But, the most significant way we protect bats is by helping to maintain appropriate habitats. We can do this by addressing urbanization, deforestation, and general agricultural expansion. We can also build roosts for bats so the bats have places to live, even when the environment doesn't provide a suitable home.
Along with these primary efforts, conservationists monitor migration, help to prevent human-bat conflicts, provide education about bats, increase awareness of misconceptions, and research diseases that harm both bats and humans. It is quite a job.
What You Can Do To Help Conserve Bat Populations
There are so many ways you can help conserve bat populations and assist conservationists in supporting bat populations. You're actually doing one right now. You're educating yourself. It is essential to learn about bats, understand the important role they play, and learn how you can help them survive.
Here are a few tips:
- You could install bat boxes on your property. If you have an appropriate area on your property, constructing bat boxes can have a big impact. These structures can provide appropriate roosting sites for bats. By doing this, you can offer those bats wonderful homes in which to breed and raise their offspring.
- Maintain appropriate habitats where possible. How do you do this? One way is to leave dying trees standing. Bats use these as roosts. You can also plant lots of flowers, which attract insects that bats eat. If you can leave a portion of your property untamed, it may be just what the bats need to thrive.
- You could get involved in bat monitoring and help conservation projects monitor bat migration. If it sounds like fun to drive slowly along country roads and use an ultrasonic acoustic detector to record bat calls just after sunset, this might be a way you can help.
- If you're not up for tracking bats with monitoring devices, you could just keep watch for bats, identify them, and report your sightings to wildlife authorities.
If bat conservation is not your cup of tea, don't worry. The primary way Omaha residents can help conserve bat populations is by considering how they go about pest control for bats. If bats find a way into your home, it is critical to address your problem in a way that will allow the bats to leave on their own. Let's take a look at how humane bat mitigation can help and why it is considered a part of bat conservation.
Why Humane Bat Mitigation Is Part Of Bat Conservation
A critical element of bat mitigation is to conserve populations. At the heart of human bat mitigation is the goal of protecting the animals from harm. In fact, the methods we use do as little harm as possible. We work to provide a way for bats to leave your home while blocking their ability to get back inside. It is as simple as that. When bats are unable to get back into your home, they go find another place to live.
How does this work?
- We inspect your home and evaluate your bat problem, considering entry points, conducive conditions, and areas of activity. We will inspect your attic, get onto your roof, and look in difficult-to-reach areas.
- We seal entry points and bat-proof your exterior to prevent more bats from entering your home as your current bat residents are given their eviction papers.
- We install specialized exclusion devices that we apply in key areas. These provide a way for bats to exit but don't allow them to come back inside.
- When we're done, we provide clean-up services to address bat guano and other issues to further reduce the impact bats may have on you.
- We guarantee our services for six to eight weeks after bats leave your home. After this time, we will return to perform another inspection and ensure your home is still bat-free. In rare cases, bats are persistent. When this is the case, we resume services until they're gone for good – at no additional cost to you.
At every point, we work to help you maintain a good relationship and a feeling of well-being toward these animals. They are not a threat to you. They are helpful animals that provide many benefits – just as long as they stay outdoors where they belong.
Do you see how contacting CP Bat Mitigation to get rid of bats in your attic helps with bat conservation? Our primary goal is to help address the conflict between you and those bats in a way that is natural because it helps to promote a positive view of bats.
Are you in need of bat exclusion work in Omaha? Do you have unwanted guests in your belfry? Jump over to our contact page and tell us a little bit about your bat problem. Our contact page is an easy and stress-free way to learn about bat services in Omaha and decide what course of action is best for you. Connect with us today for assistance and to learn more about our residential bat control and commercial bat control services in Omaha. Our bat experts look forward to helping you resolve your problem in a way that is best for you and those bats.
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"John was over the morning after I made my initial call regarding bats. He was able to quickly identify the problem areas and built a fair quote to remove the bats. His knowledge is broad on his profession."